Diet Is a Key to Weight Loss
When we say diet, we don’t mean any of those fad diets that you’ve had “friends” who report “great results” with. We mean a complete overhaul of the way you view food, shopping for groceries and the nutritional components of every meal you put into your body. There’s no one thing that makes a diet work, and the medical community’s body of knowledge regarding diet changes constantly. You’ll remember, people were once told that fats are among the worst things you can put into your body; now we know that some fats are actually very healthy and important components of a well-balanced diet.
That’s why our approach to nutrition and diet doesn’t tie itself to fad diet strategies that won’t work. Our dietitians are extremely selective about the diets we recommend because they don’t want to give you the wrong information. The nutritional aspects of our program focus on healthy foods, most of which are sourced directly from nature (seasonally, from our own farm!): vegetables and lean meats, some fruits and fewer breads and carbohydrates. This is in line with many of the tenets of the keto diet meal plan (fewer carbohydrates and more healthy fats), which is one with enough science behind it that we feel confident recommending to our patients.
Nutrition is the science of how nutrients you consume interact with the body to influence maintenance, growth, reproduction, overall health and disease. So, yeah, you are what you eat. Step one is knowing what to eat. Step two is actually doing it.
Getting into the habit of buying and cooking healthy food is an important lifestyle change to make your weight loss sustainable. Eating healthy comes with its challenges: It can be harder to feel full, and produce doesn’t have as long of a shelf life as chips and snacks. Healthy dry foods are available, such as beans and lentils, and dried fruits and vegetables may be perfect substitutes for unhealthy foods. Even simple changes like switching to all-natural peanut butter and cutting out desserts most days can pay big dividends.
Learn basic nutrition and how to prepare, cook and serve meals with our Executive Chef and RDN. Specialty class series vary from Grocery Shopping and Knife Skills to Ketogenic and Mediterranean Cooking. Single classes start at $20. Series start at $60.
Healthy meals to go
At Doctor for Life, we understand you’re not always in a position to prepare a full meal for yourself or your family. When work and other responsibilities get in the way, there are options. Meal prep, common with the keto diet meal plan, is one option, in which you can premake your meals on a day when you have time and keep them in individual portions in your fridge or freezer. Another is prepared food.
Purchase effortless, balanced, portion controlled meals to eat at home, office or school. Made from premium ingredients without preservatives and developed through collaboration with Doctor, Dietitian and Chef. Meals range from $5 – $12.
Sometimes, simply changing your diet isn’t enough to turn around serious weight concerns. That’s when we treat nutrition and diet as a clinical issue, as well as simply a dietary issue.
Meal replacements are specifically prescribed by the Doctor, based on an individual’s metabolic profile. These meal replacements are low in calories, rich in nutrients and designed to treat root causes of any weight problem. Products start at $3.
If you are struggling with your weight, it may be time to try something other than a fad diet, or simply wishing the things you tried had worked. Doctor for Life can provide access to a proven system of overall health that can do so much more than help you lose weight; it can help you gain health.
Call Doctor for Life today to learn more!